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Kramer vs. Kramer

October 21, 2012

by John Farr

John Farr discusses the movie that won Dustin Hoffman his first Oscar, directed by Robert Benton.


Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

What It’s About:On the brink of a big promotion, caffeinated, pre-occupied ad-man Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) gets the wind knocked out of him when wife Joanna (Meryl Streep) abruptly announces she’s leaving him and their young son, Billy (Justin Henry). Facing the sudden need to balance career demands with caring for a young son he barely knows, Ted makes the hard choices necessary to be there for Billy. But when Joanna returns unexpectedly, a nasty custody battle ensues. Under these circumstances, can anybody win in the end?

Why I Love It:
In 1979, Hoffman hit a career high point, and Streep solidified her own stardom, with director Benton’s near-flawless marital drama, depicting the dissolution of a marriage with unerring sensitivity. Touching performances from all three leads help bring an insightful script to heart-wrenching life. At Oscar time, “Kramer” won Best Picture, Benton took the honors for both direction and screenplay, Hoffman nabbed Best Actor, and Meryl scored her second consecutive nod, this time taking home the statuette for Supporting Actress.

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  • Richard White

    Seriously, Mr. Farr, maybe I am getting too old (82) but have you ever seen the great movies of Huston? Ford? How about Treasure of Sierra Madre? Check out the Classic Movie Channel for the GREAT movies of the 30′s 40′s Seen Double Indemnity????

  • John Farr

    yes I have Mr. White. And if you check out our website, bestmoviesbyfarr.com, you’ll see all the titles you mention are featured as recommendations.

  • Bruce Glover

    “If you guys are the cops lemme see you badges” one of my all time favorite lines by Bogey , but a hard choice as he said so many .